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states of america, the best is yet to come. [applause] >> his challenger, mitt romney, but -- conceded defeat. many of the key battleground states went to the democrats. >> i just called the president to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters in the campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish them well, particularly the president, the first lady, and their daughters. >> world leaders have been offering congratulations to barack obama. we will assess the challenges he faces in his second term. >> well, lo, welcome again to washington, d.c. -- well, hello, welcome again to washington, d.c. people are waking up to the news that they have four more years with barack obama as their president. he won the electoral college and has 303 electoral college votes so far. the president took almost all of the key swing states that have focused -- that have had so much attention focused on them. the popular vote across the country has proved very tight, standing at the moment, without the result from florida, 50.2% of the american people supported barack obama, 48.3% for his challenger, mi
of the united states of america. >> and the markets were paying attention. big finance fears that this booklet and worries congress will not at the time to avert it. the dow jones index fell heavily. if america's politicians cannot find some way forward on this complex budget issue, the consequences look pretty bleak. it may be the global financial markets step in and force america's politicians to stop squabbling and start governing. adam brooks, bbc news, washington. >> time to take a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world. we start in afghanistan. at least 18 people killed in three separate attacks in the country. 10 people, two of them children, were killed when a minibus blow up in helmand province. and a minivan blowing up led to the deaths of several afghan soldiers. in canada are in the city, at least three policemen were killed by a suicide bomberi suiciden kandahar. syrian president bashar al-assad again refused to be forced from power. he says he will live and die in syria. in an interview with russian tv the president vowed to stay in the country, sayin
. >> the last day of campaigning and america divided. as it prepares for a photo finish result. last minute fran i think campaigning, both candidates head for ohio. the battleground state that could decide who will be the next president. hello and welcome. also coming up in the program, following hard on the heels of the u.s. results, a change in the top in china. what will this mean for the rest of the world? and terrible facts of life for one 15-year-old pakistani girl killed acid by her parents for looking at a boy. hello, it is midday here in london, 6:00 in the morning in madison, wisconsin where president obama is schedule told appear at the start of this, the final day of campaigning, in what's been a grueling and hugely expensive 18 month battle with mitt romney a third of americans have already cast their votes lerl i. both men now have less than 24 hours to convince the undecided in a handful of swing states to come on boards. with the polls pointing to a dead heat, still everything to play for. let's get the latest from my colleague jane hill who joins us live from washington. jane, o
comes first and foremost. >> washington has been rocked by this crisis at the top of america's military machine. there are many lurking questions. in particular, why the white house only learned of the investigation last week and whether national security was put at risk. >> members of china's communist party are still gathered in beijing are the next generation of party leaders will be chosen next week. what do commy these people make of the change -- who do the chinese people make of the changes at the top? >> people come here from all over china, a world heritage sight, it's tran quill lake and historic temples that is modern china. it seems a million miles of the hustle and bustle of beijing and behind the closed doors politicking that's going on there. in many ways it's the perfect place to find out what people are thinking about their country. not just now but for this future as well. designer handbags and smart phones, this is a generation that can't remember anything but prosperity. and there's no turning back for them. >> my father is a worker from a very big nation of field co
corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, bbc world news. >> america decides. after an 18-month campaign, americans go to the poles. go to the polls. this is scene live from columbus, ohio. for governor mitt romney, the campaigning continues in two key battleground states. >> president obama promised change. but he couldn't deliver it. i promised change and i have a record of achieving it. >> and planning to play basketball and have a family dinner having issued his final rallying call. >> our work is not done. our fight for change goes on. because we know this nation cannot succeed. >> hello and welcome to gmt. i'm tim wilcox. also coming up in the program, more on the murder of the man who brought down -- and claims neil hayward supplied information about him and his family to britain's secret service. and the blockbuster with game members queuing around the block. hello, it's midday here in london and 7:00 a.m. in beijing and 7:00 a.m. in washington where after the campaign, the polls have opened. let's go live to jane hill there. >> hello. and welcome to washington, d.c. mil
their loved ones. but we must not rush to judgment. in america, due process means that innocence is presumed unless and until the trial proves otherwise. there has been no trial yet and our family member is considered to be innocent by lot, and by us. >> questions like whether or not a second gunman was involved and whether the sergeant is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. a general is expected to make a decision by next week. >> you are watching "bbc world news." here are the headlines. china has begun the process of handing over to a new generation of leaders the close of the communist party congress in beijing. millions of people are joining in protests across europe, budget cuts are aimed at reducing government debt. let's pick up on what is going on in europe. all over, the message is the same. people have had enough, you want to go out on strike. >> there are nerves among some investors in the markets, hundreds of thousands across europe and they are very worried. highlights, focusing on austerity, so say the protesters. austerity measures to not work. this is what europe i
reflect even as it tries to keep america happy by trying to keep the cease- fire. >> thank you very much indeed. kevin connolly in cairo. the spokes person for the israeli defense force joins us live from tel aviv. thanks for being with us. what's your reaction to the fact more rockets appeared to have been fired at tel aviv? it shows the palestinian militants in gaza have longer- range rockets. >> of far, they have not managed to really target tel aviv according to my initial investigation. rockets did not hit the ground in tel aviv as of yet. we were aware they have these capabilities. this is why we targeted their the groundd -- on th fire fight. they have a rocket destined to read tel aviv. >> how long will the military offensive in gaza continue? reservists have been drafted in. is that the precursor to a ground operation? >> the operation will continue as long as we reach our goal. the main goal of the operation is to defend nearly 3 million israelis currently under this immediate rocket danger from gaza launched by hamas and other terrorist organizations. this is what all options
at the top in america, that's next week when americans vote. the result will be determined in part by how successful president obama and governor romney have been in convincing people they are able to create jobs. our correspondent has been travelling across the country to see how the economy is shaping up. >> chicago was one of the industrial powerhouses that made the u.s. economy the biggest in the world. in recent decades have seen the manufacturing sector eroded. barack obama has said he does not just want to create jobs but skills, well-paid jobs, and nowhere is that ambition being put to the test more than in the city where he made his name as a politician. acme industries, machines, large steel parts, and it has vacancies to be filled. the only catch is they can find enough people with the skills to do them -- cannot. the president of the company believes american manufacturing is bouncing back, despite this. >> we will see a greater amount of manufacturing in the u.s.. number one, i think manufacturing, there will be a greater need to have manufacturing done close to where the cus
the real name. as promised as part of the deal from america -- the unification of the opposition forces. how effective it will be will be a larger measure in the hands of the western powers and their regional allies. how much aid they give it. >> jim, thanks very much for joining me. got some news coming through regarding -- the radical cleric. a ruling on whether he can be deported to jordan where he has been accused of plotting bomb attacks has been given and this has been -- his appeal against deportation to jordan has been allowed. the european court of human rights previously blocked the deportation saying there was a real risk that evidence obtained by torture would have been used against him. the british government said it did receive assurances from jordan that he would get a fair trial. but of course, that was disputed by abu qatada's lawyers. as we get more, we will bring it to you. a look at some of the other stories. the woman who was the target of the arresting e-mails from the level of former cia director david petreaus is being named as jill kelley. the fbi launched an in
spain and latin america. that's where they're making their money. short haul is not working so well. but on the other hand, what seems to be their strategy, yesterday they were making up that bid for the local, low-budget airline. if they can use that to replace their domestic business, that could be very profitable for them. but the problem there -- and this is what john strickland says, an airline industry says from their problems are many-sided. >> iberia, on the one hand, faces a very difficult, external trading environment, a weak spanish economy, rising airport charges, and tough competition. but internally it's a company that hasn't come into the modern age and made itself more lean and mean. it's overmanned, has a large number of routes on the network. >> jamie, thank you very much indeed. now, tens of thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the pakistani schoolgirl who survived a gun attack by the taliban to be nominated for the nobel peace prize. malala yousafzai, who's 15, had become well known as a campaigner for girls' education. >> malala is said
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